May 12, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena left for Iran today (12) for a two-day state visit at the invitation of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
This is the first state visit to Iran by President Sirisena after assuming duties as President.
During his visit, the President is expected to obtain many economic and developmental benefits to Sri Lanka.
Iran, which is one of the largest oil and natural gas producing and exporting nations in the world, provides assistance to many development activities in Sri Lanka.
The Government of Iran has invested in Sri Lanka's oil refinery to double its capacity to boost output and reduce the cost of importing refined fuels. Furthermore, Iran is one of the key countries to support Sri Lanka to meet the rural electricity demand.
The official meeting between the President and the Iran President will be held tomorrow and it is expected to sign new MoUs to further strengthen the economic and trade ties between the two countries.
President Sirisena also scheduled to attend a special Investment and Trade Forum organized by the Iran Chamber of Commerce. The President will also visit the Parliament of Iran.